Amazon Rainforest Conservation

Volunteer in Peru and have a lasting impact on Amazon conservation efforts, in the Manu National park – one of the most diverse environments on earth.

As a volunteer on this project you will get the opportunity to live and work alongside conservation researchers and community development staff to understand what they do on a daily basis by contributing to their conservation efforts first hand.

Upon arrival at the project, which is situated on the fringe of Manú National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only a short journey from the Inca capital of Cusco you will learn what it takes to be part of a dedicated conservation team through an initial training process. This experience will help to educate you and give you a better understanding of conservation science and community development in the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon is the largest and most species-rich rainforest in the world, covering a staggering 5.5 million km2 and due to its varied topography; the Manú Biosphere Reserve has one of highest levels of biodiversity of any national park. It is home to over 1000 species of birds, as well as larger wildlife including jaguar, puma, giant otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo and two and three-toed sloth. There are also 14 species of monkey, including marmoset, capuchin, tamarin, squirrel monkey, spider monkey and woolly monkey species.

Volunteering in South America you are sure to have an unforgettable experience and will enjoy playing an integral part in conservation research and sustainable community initiatives. Doing so involves tasks such as data-collection, animal-tracking and survey-recording. By taking part in this project you will spend time working with fascinating wildlife and alongside local people, striving to create a truly sustainable Amazon environment. 

Prior To Arrival

If you are from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or most of the EU you do not require a visa to come to Peru as a tourist as a stay of around 6 months is granted on arrival for tourism purposes.

You will need to arrive into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco on the start date of your project between 7am - 5pm where you will be picked up by a project representative and transferred to your hostel in Cusco. From here you will be transferred to every stage of the project.

First Day

Arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco and transfer to temporary accommodation at a hostel in Cusco. You will spend the day acclimatising to the altitude and can explore the city. In the early evening there is a briefing where you will meet your fellow volunteers and learn more about the project itself.

Regular Days

After you have settled into camp, you will take part in a 4 day training period. During this training period you will learn all about the aims of the project and the conservation tasks that take place, as well as learning how to live in the jungle safely. Training will be mainly field based, but it will include regular presentations. 

After you have completed the training element of the project and you know how to live in the Amazon Rainforest safely, you will begin your project days. These days are broken down into several smaller projects, depending on what volunteers are assigned to on a day by day basis. There will be morning and afternoon sessions, and you will get Sunday off to rest! 

Last Day

On your final day at the project you will check out before midday and you will be transferred from the project site back to the airport to return home or begin any onward travel plans you may have. Please note that this is not included in the cost of the trip and will incur a small fee. 

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

The work involved on this project varies from day to day, and it is broken down into several different smaller projects. On a day to day basis you could be taking part in amphibian and reptile monitoring, avian monitoring, mammal monitoring (including the chance to try and spot the elusive jaguar on the camera traps,) forest regeneration,  and creating biogardens to combat malnutrition amongst the locals. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Other Skills
This project involves a fair amount of manual work, mainly involved in construction tasks. There are also many treks involved in the programme, and so a fairly high level of fitness is advised. No specific tasks or qualifications are required to partake in this project, simply a positive attitude, ability to work in a team and commitment to the cause and its aims.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 16:00

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Free-time activities

On Sundays you will be free to relax and enjoy some fun activities with the other volunteers! The project is located in a very remote area so it is not possible to travel away from the project site, but on Sunday's you will be able to go on walks, play football, read a book, or simply relax in the hammocks!

Hiking
Sports

Services

What's included?
What's included in the price of the project? 

  • Cusco airport collection
  • 2 nights lodging in a hostel in Cusco at programme start
  • Transfers between Cusco and Manu National Park
  • An overnight stay in the cloud forest
  • Full training & orientation programme
  • Accommodation at the MLC in Manu National Park
  • Three meals per day
  • An additional night's lodging in Cusco at the programme's end
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup
You will need to arrive into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco on the start date of your project between 7am - 5pm where you will be picked up by a project representative and transferred to your hostel in Cusco. From here you will be transferred to every stage of the project.
Accommodation
For the first two nights and last night in Cusco, you will stay in a comfortable hostel within the city centre in a twin room with en-suite bathroom and breakfast provided. The third night will be spent in a beautiful lodge within the cloud forest.

Accommodation whilst on the project at Manu National Park consists of comfortable and airy pods, which each feature two beds, bed linen, mosquito net and a magnificent view of the rainforest. There are toilets, solar-powered showers and a solar-powered internet connection.
Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Food and snack packages are provided three times a day, and will consist of local style meals. This will include rice, vegetables, meat and fish and potatoes.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1721
3 weeks
$2091
4 weeks
$2462
5 weeks
$2832
6 weeks
$3203
7 weeks
$3573
10 weeks (max. stay)
$4684

You can volunteer at the project site in Manu National Park/Peru between 2 weeks and 10 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Great Projects will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$664/week
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Great Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Urb. Mariscal Garmarra B-5, Zona 1, Cusco, N17 9NF Manu National Park, Peru